10 Surprisingly Ways to Upcycle Wooden Pallets

Millions are put to use every year to transport large and articulated items from A to B. Still, when a wooden pallet’s working life is up, their fate often lies in forming the foundations of the nation’s bonfires every November.

That’s not to say, however, with a little thought, creativity, and a bit of effort to boot, these transportation stalwarts can actually be turned into a range of practical and (would you believe it?) attractive accessories that can complement your home and garden.

Here are ten uses for wooden pallets that might just make you consider using them as furniture in your home!

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Wall Light Fitting

Illuminate any room in your house while creating a rustic feel thanks to this wall mounted light constructed from the struts of a wooden pallet. Attach a simple fitting to the rear of the shade and the light will reflect onto the back wall, as well as through the gaps in the wood.

Shoe Rack

By removing some of the wooden slats on a pallet and turning it on to one end, you have the perfect shoe rack to keep your hallway clear of clutter and ensure shoes of all shapes and sizes are safely stored away.

Shelving Units

You’ll need to know some necessary carpentry skills to create these free-standing shelves. But the long wooden struts are perfect for displaying small ornaments or picture frames and can be treated and stained to suit any room.

Hanging Planters

Pallets Wall Gardens

Due to wooden pallets being hard wearing and weatherproof, they are ideal for use in the garden. Carefully poke some hanging plants through the gaps in the wooden cross-pieces while keeping the soil and roots contained behind in grow-bags. You can also paint them any color you want to brighten up a boring wall.

A Garden Shed

Believe it or not, with a little (or a lot of) application, wooden pallets make great frames for just about any buildings, construction project or pallet garden shed. Okay, maybe not ideal for a beginner, but due to them being strong and durable, pallets are suitable for any of those small outbuildings you have in mind – though admittedly they might be a little cold in the winter!

Fence Panels

An upturned pallet can make a great garden fence panel, and several stood end-to-end will form an effective border for your outdoor areas. Once sunken into the ground they are stable and robust and create a great look, and you can use creosote or wood stain for added protection and maybe even some climbing plants to give them your own unique twist.

Garden Decking

Like fence panels, pallets are a great alternative to conventional wooden decking for the garden – and without all the time and effort it takes to install. In fact, you can even create a temporary decking area, which can quickly be taken up and stored during the winter months.

Coffee Table

Basque Red Pallet Coffee Table

Fed up with that boring old coffee table that makes your living room look dated and unoriginal? With a little bit of imagination and a helping of elbow grease (not to mention some lime-colored paint!), you can turn an old wooden pallet into a modern and stylish looking addition to your home.

Garden Chair

Another one for the budding carpenters, but this garden chair will set your garden pallet furniture apart from the neighbor’s thanks to its originality and unique style.

Outdoor bar

Wooden pallets are designed to spend a lot of time outside and if you like the great outdoors too, this garden bar is the perfect place for you to sit and relax come the summer months. Constructing it could prove a little tricky – but well worth the effort too!

And if you want to continue to be inspired by recycled pallet ideas, you should visit 1001Pallets.com website where you will find thousands of upcycled pallet ideas! You find your inspiration and are ready for your next pallet project? Check out where you can get free pallets!

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Mirjam Mim
Mirjam Mim

Maaike Molenmaker die stoel ofzo kan er ook nog wel bij jullie bankstel! Nog even doorklussen ;)

Maaike Molenmaker
Reply to  Mirjam Mim

Die is inderdaad wel gaaf!

Jamie Villnow

I see a lot of stuff made out of wooden pallets these days, and as someone who works at a factory, I always wonder, where do they find such immaculate pallets?! lol. All the ones I find are broken, painted on, crooked, missing boards, etc.

Rob Marshall
Reply to  Jamie Villnow

I find my pallets everywhere!! DIY stores and supermarkets tend to be the best ones

Annette Tuck
Reply to  Jamie Villnow

Love it,,bin doing it for years n ev1 has always thought i was mad!!xx

Amber R. Dunten
Reply to  Jamie Villnow

Of course, paint on it doesn’t matter, just paint over it.

Marcella Incerti

Mattia Avanzini il banconedi pellets con tanto di sgabelli io lo terrei presente ;)

Ragnhild Steinstø

Great ideas!

Kate Finnie


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